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I have not called you to administer where there is presently administration. I have called you to host where there is a scattering of reeds, to be a gatherer where there is no administration. To go and be where there is dismay to be a standard bearer where there is confusion. To make the journey where others dare to tread. So harden your face and soften your heart and the King of Glory shall be your dwelling. Trust in me and I will make you a great nation, a refuge for the people, from faith to faith, to the mountain of hope from the mountains of praise. Selah
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The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “I believe in Good.” I immediately thought that it was a typo which added an o. However, after further examination and thought, I knew I was reading right. Good is best used as a verb, I thought; as an action, for example as applied when reading about the life of Jesus. Jesus said. “there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Matt. 10:18).
“God is good all time and all the time God is good.”
As a harmonious symphony combines distinct parts to make a whole, blending in with God should be the goal of every believer. God is the, I AM. Thus, people should merge with the force of good completing I AM mission statements. When people say negative things about you, never let the things said, deter your mission, but first examine to check the validity of their words.
Jesus went about doing good (Act 10:38).
I am sure people spoke negatively about his motives. I suggest that the only reference point they could base their judgments were their own consciousness. Jesus went about doing good. Jesus was a revolutionary. We should emulate Him by going about doing good also, and above all having faith in God! Doing good in the realm of faith pleases God which is God’s plan for man and man’s ultimate goal.
Conversion from perversion is the ultimate goal of doing well when usefully applied to advance some wholesome purpose. Good is not a degree, but a state of being. Contrarily, it is unwise to advance evil, but those that do must convert good to evil. What side are you on? To remain unchanged is man’s ultimate folly. Degrees of perversion are not relative in the eyes of God; because, God consistently abides as good but reserves evil for judgment.
Man’s rate of exchange to become acceptable to God.
Time changes matter but does not pervert matter, wrong decisions pervert matter. Matter later atrophies into states unrecognizable by man but separated by God (i.e. the soul). The soul is separated by God and the decisions made in the body either perverts the soul or makes one well. This makes God the Great Judge and mankind subject to either being unchanged or converted good. Since evil cannot become good, evil must be exchanged for good through substitution. While living after a substitution is made evil must be forsaken and ignored unless it is perverted into evil by the substitute. Thusly, sin was exchanged for righteousness through the Blood of Christ and made available to all. This is orchestrated by the Hand of God who abides eternally good.
A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some real or imagined offense
Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
While in Rome
Paul went through great lengths to explain Righteousness.
ALL ARE LOST WITHOUT GOD! Romans 3:22 -24 (NIV)
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
MAN’S SOLUTION: (Romans Road)
I. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).
II. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
III. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
IV. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
The good news is that God’s program of reconciliation and forgiveness works!
Biblical Figures who had a serious encounter with guilt
1. Judah pronounces a premature judgment then recants … About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” Genesis 38:24
2. David’s dealing with Uriah… “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear” Psalm 38:4 (guilt intensifies when exposed).
3. Jesus… God declared us not guilty through Christ death on the cross. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46
Four types of Guilt
- Civil Guilt
The outcome of violating human law
- Theological Guilt
The outcome of violating divine law
- Psychological Guilt
The outcome of violating nurture (upbringing violation/perceived guilt)
- True Guilt
Real Guilt that leads to constructive sorrow
Guilt is either confronted and dealt with completely or evaded (escapes).
Methods of Escape: (page 120)
- “I GIVE UP” Give in to depression, worthlessness and hopelessness
- “I’LL SHOW YOU”- Give in to anger
- “I’M NOT THAT BAD” Give in to denial
Feelings of rejection, projection of feelings, inability to say no, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, blame-shifting, loss of intimacy with God, addictions, Indulgences as a result of blackmail and CONDEMNATION CONTRAST WITH CONVICTION
John 15:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
• Spend time in the presence of God and Place Him First!
• Renew Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2),
• Forsake not the Fellowship of the Saints (Hebrews 12:1)
Remorse for wrong doing is an acceptable behavior
GRIEF: (page 113) it’s healthy for men to cry. Tears made during moments of grief contain toxins produced internally. Let Go and Let God: Yet, pay attention to your feelings. Your emotions can be powerful indicators of problems and may serve as an engine light to the human body.
THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS by Dr. Augsburger 1. Face it 2. Confess it 3.Forsake it 4. Live it.
Forsaking your guilt has to do with construction sorrow or repentance. This is the gospel!
To confess your total dependence on the grace of God is to free you to take the next step
“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” (Revelation 19:10).
Trust in Him!
Israel wore one pair of socks for 6 months. They were green and never stunk. He had time on his hand so he cleaned them ever chance he got. Every time he stepped out of his cell, murderers gazed and robbers railed but, he never fell.
As he read the Good Book, he acquired sympathy for the Children of Israel and their wilderness experience. Israel began to understand why they achieved zero velocity. Going nowhere fast; talking slick but really sick inside. One day during his 6 month stay he had an epiphany: a sort of a self discovery. Reflecting back, he thought: “God, had His hand my his life all the time.” Also realizing that he’ll make little progress, if any with a bitter disposition regardless of circumstance.
His cell mates cheered ecstatically when cops crashed as the evening news reported. This he wondered about in bewilderment and concluded that their cheers were disguised hostility. Israel discovered that you can be free while incarcerated and to be bitter inside, even if you have a reason is a tragic experience. He didn’t want to lose hope as the others.
Serving time for running from the cops, in contrast to the others who were looking at 35, 65 or 99 years. Pulled over after the cops noticed his car trunk ajar, he put the petal to the metal. Afraid they’ll find the open containers and paranoid he sped off. He was caught tazed and processed all with those same green socks.
His green socks never smelled and gained distinction as the one who wore them became known as short timer (an instant target). With much caution he tryed to understand the authorities who put him with jealous killers. He knew the authorities were not empathetic to a brown mother who raised him clean. Israel thought “I hope I can make it out of this alive.” He knew that his demise would irreparably tear his mother apart. So what did Israel do while in the fire of this affliction? He started a gospel choir and it was revealed that he was indeed an evangelist.
Those green socks soon became a symbol of inspiration inside the walls of the jail where hope seemed to fail. An itinerant evangelist was born there that stepped upon the burning coals of affliction, wearing green socks and flip flops striding where free men never crept under constant awareness of being killed the grace of God protected Israel where the price of human life was worth a honey bun.
His green socks never gave, even to his last day of this experience when he saw a peeking toe. That is how he knew it was time to go.
“For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing” (Deut. 2:7).
LORD: The main vapor of your existence lies in me. The sojourning of your soul is not in vain. The absolutes are as chaff before me. Behold the great and mighty city has fallen. The great shall see it. As well as the weak.
Servant: I will behold the great Mountain of Praise. The ice capped haven for the ave, the clouds on the earth and mist that no man can see. From without or within the great favor of the Lord has spoken it.
LORD: Now it is the time to seek me, to hear to beseech. I will listen to those that gave suck and those who were weaned.
Servant: The hour draweth night for the sinner and the hope of the just is justified in righteousness for the Lamb of God has spoken it, and I will camp before the Lord who feeds me with good things. (11/18/03)
Servant: Not my will but thy will be done. From sunrise, until a darkness sits upon the earth, you are in control. There is no one besides thee dearest Jesus. Allow me to dismantle the images in my life, your ubiquitous in all my affairs. Whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven and whatever is forbidden on earth is forbidden in heaven.
LORD: I will answer your petitions and seek your heart for secret prayer. I will make you a fortress like the mighty warrior with Jeremiah. I will be there. Inside of you I have secured my treasure and built a great wall of defense. The foundation remains that are your confession of me. I will always be there.
Remember you are untouchable in the third step. Just you step and I will do the rest, I am the Lord. I have beset you around about. (11/05/2004)